CAPTAIN CASSIAN ANDOR DELUXE BLASTER
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY
Everything looks better in blue. Ok, maybe not everything, but a lot of things do, and that goes for Nerf blasters. Today, I’ll be taking a look at yet another Star Wars blaster. This time it is the Target exclusive Captain Cassian Andor Deluxe Blaster. Well, sort of exclusive. I’ll explain later. Let’s get into the review
THE BLASTER ITSELF
The Captain Cassian Andor Deluxe Quite A Mouthful Blaster was released in 2016 as a tie-in product for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This specific blaster is the Target exclusive blue recolor of the Jyn Erso Blaster from the same line. Plus, this one’s got a bunch of accessories that Jin’s blaster doesn’t. It’s built on the classic magazine-fed flywheel system we’ve seen on the Stryfe and other blasters. Holding down the rev trigger spins up the flywheels and pulling the main trigger pushes a single dart into the wheels, sending it flying. The big difference between the CCADB and the Stryfe is the inclusion of lights and sounds which activate on the trigger pull, regardless of the rev trigger being pressed. I was actually pretty impressed with the lights on this blaster. Every time the trigger is pulled, a series of green LEDs in the barrel light up in rapid succession giving the illusion of a laser blast traveling down the barrel. Accompanied by the sound effects, it really does make just pulling the trigger quite satisfying. It’s also worth noting that holding down the rev trigger turns on the blue LED in the chamber as part of the blaster’s Glowstrike feature. The included magazine holds 12 darts and, unlike most standard N-Strike Elite magazines, is completely transparent orange on both sides. The outer shell of the base blaster is completely new work though shared with the Jyn Erso blaster, and looks a good bit like the blaster in the film which, if anyone cares, was made with an AR-15 as the base of the prop. Like with the Poe Dameron blaster, the use of real-world firearms parts makes holding the blaster fairly comfortable, though there is some noticeable down-scaling from the real thing, making it a little cramped in the grip. All the included accessories with the CCADB are recolored attachments from various other blasters. The stock comes from the N-Strike Raider CS-35, the scope comes from the Modulus Long Range Upgrade Kit, the barrel extension/suppressor comes from the N-Strike/Elite Specter REV-5, and the bumps along the sides of the magazine indicate it comes from the Modulus Flip-Clip Upgrade Kit. In addition to the grip being a hair small, some sections of the blaster feel a little flimsier than I’m used to from Nerf. It’s not a lot, but the grey panels on the sides of the grip and the battery tray cover do flex a good bit if you have a firm grasp on the blaster. This CCADB is not a heavy hitter in terms of performance. The power of the flywheels is rather limited, either by design or because the batteries also have to power the lights, sounds, and Glowstrike feature when firing. This is an indoor blaster, no question. It does fire reliably but shots arc more severely than most other blasters and don’t land with as much force, making it ideal for busting into your sibling’s room and emptying the mag without fear of getting in as much trouble. The CCADB comes packaged with 12 Glowstrike Star Wars darts, a 12 round magazine, a scope, a stock, a barrel extension, and 4 AA batteries already installed.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This blaster is largely what convinced me that the addition of lights and sounds to the Star Wars Nerf lineup wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. While the Death Trooper blaster is fine, the effects on this blaster are pretty top notch and, having seen this year’s offerings, set the standard for effects for “deluxe” blasters to follow.